Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme

The Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme is an enhanced training and development pathway for all coaches in the community, clubs or high performance sport programmes. The aim is to establish a training and development system to develop high quality and professional coaches. Coaches trained in this programme will gain multi-dimensional skills in the area of sports science, coaching, life skills, evidence-based practices and will be able to promote social values and principles. The SG-Coach Programme replaces the National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) since 27 March 2015. As all existing NCAP certificates remain valid, obtaining accreditation from NCAP to SG-Coach is NOT required. Coaches will now be able to enrol in required certification courses based on course availability and their interests rather than a prescribed, sequential order. 

The programme consists of 3 progressive phases targeted at various development levels (Foundation SG-Coach Development, National SG-Coach Development and Master SG-Coach Development) with 2 main components. 

The two main components are:

  • Theory – covers the general principles of coaching such as sport pedagogy, fundamental movement skills, sport safety and management, effective communication, Singapore sports eco-system as well as impartation of values and principles. The course is conducted with a mixture of classroom-based and workshop-based teaching. Assessment comes in form of both assignment and examination. 
  • Technical – covers the sport specific considerations such as sport demands, specific training methodologies, techniques, and sport strategies. The course is conducted with a mixture of classroom-based and workshop-based teaching. Assessment may comes in forms of assignment, demonstration, and/or examination.

The SG-Coach Programme formal education pathway is shown here:

SG Coach Excellence Programme Formal Education Pathway

Foundation SG-Coach Development Phase

There are three SG-Coach programmes within the Foundation SG-Coach Development Phase – Basic Sports Science (BSS), SG-Coach Level 1 (Theory + Technical) and SG-Coach Level 2 (Theory + Technical). As part of the Foundation SG-Coach Development Phase, the individual is expected to possess sports science knowledge as well as technical skills in sport and a basic understanding of coaching theory. SG-Coach Level One which is designed for individual who wish to coach novice participant in a community and/or youth sport. The first SG-Coach Theory Level 1 course started in Nov 2014. The next course will be run by Republic Poly. 

For more information on courses OR to register your interest, please contact our partner, Republic Polytechnic at

SG-Coach Level Two is designed for coaching competitive athlete in his/her early years of competition. Specialised topics in this courses include the development of annual periodization plans, training methodologies, test and measurement, sports science applications, social values and principles, and sport analyses. This module will be taught primarily through workshop and facilitation. Assessment will be based on assignments and discussions and class tests. More information would be available in November 2016. 

National SG-Coach Development Phase

SG-Coach Level Three is designed for coaching high performance athlete. In order to fulfil these, the individual would need to possess knowledge in sports science to apply evidence-based coaching. Thus, individuals would be trained in multi-year periodization planning, advanced sport analyses and training methodologies, performance tracking and analyses, international competition systems, and sport science applications. A significant portion of the module will be taught through workshop, facilitation and mentorship with a National Coach. More information would be available in November 2016. 

Master SG-Coach Development Phase

The Master SG-Coach Programme is meant for nominated Coaches who demonstrates the competency and commitment to coach at the Continental and International Sport levels. Coaches completing these programmes are expected to train Team Singapore athletes full-time, professionally. More information would be available in November 2015.

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